The Charlotte region is home to dozens of farmers and artisan markets. Here are a few local picks.
Matthews Community Farmers Market
A longtime favorite among both professional and home chefs, the downtown Matthews market has adopted its summer schedule — hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through November. During stay-at-home restrictions, the market employs social-distancing measures and is encouraging customers to pre-order from vendors. matthewsfarmersmarket.com
South End Market at Atherton
This local market features about a dozen farmers, ranchers and artisans peddling everything from soap to sweet potatoes. Located at the corner of Tremont Ave. and South Blvd., the market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. southendmkt.com
Uptown Farmers Market
Charlotte’s newest market opened virtually on April 18, connecting customers to vendors via its website, uptownfarmersmarket.com, and social media. After the stay-at-home order is lifted, the market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the parking lot at 300 S. Davidson St.
UPDATE: Starting May 2, Uptown Farmers Market will be open from 9-11 a.m. for pre-order pickups only.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
This large market with a wide-ranging selection of goods is one of four state-run markets in North Carolina. Hours are Tues.-Sat. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As of late April, vendors have spread out to comply with social-distancing requirements, and at-risk customers are encouraged to shop Tues.-Thur. The market is located at 1801 Yorkmont Rd. charlottefarmersmarket.com SP